Post-festivity ‘fug’ and a perfect breakfast to kick-start the day

It’s that time of year again … I don’t know about you, but I’ve eaten far too much at Christmas. So much so, that I feel my internal organs are actually made of cheese! I know I need to get back to Ayurveda to bring my sluggish digestion back into balance to prevent ‘ama’ (toxin) build up and I need to get my taste buds on the case again to get those digestive juices flowing. Luckily, I have the perfect breakfast to get my day off to a good start, which I’d love to share with you. You can make it the night before and reheat if you don’t have time in the morning.  This works well with either apples or pears, which I leave quite chunky in order to retain some bite. Eat this and your tummy will thank you!


Spicy fruit (serves 2)


4 sweet eating apples or sweet pears

Chopped fresh ginger – soak in a mug of hot water

Dates, prunes or figs (or mixture) – around 6 in total

Cinnamon stick

1 Star Anise

½ teaspoon ghee

Squeeze of fresh lime juice

2 cloves


Make a tea by chopping up fresh ginger and pouring over boiling water in a mug – add the cloves to the tea and let it brew for 30 minutes.. Chop the dried fruit and apples into quite big chunks. Strain the tea and pour it over the fruit in a saucepan and add the cinnamon stick and star anise. Cook on the lowest setting on the hob for around 40 – 60 mins until the apples or pears are soft but not mushy. Once cooked, remove the cinnamon stick and star anise and stir in the ghee and lime juice.